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Dominion Spring Brew (Imperial Pilsener)

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Known Vintages: 2004, 2005, 2006

The Spring Brew varies year-to-year. The back label should state what style it is, so make sure you rate the correct style!

Each season, our brewers develop recipes that highlight great brewing styles, traditions and ingredients. Hops take center stage in our Noble Imperial Pilsner, with forty pounds of noble Saaz, Tettnang, and Spalt hops going into each twenty-five barrel batch. We employ first wort hopping to create novel tastes and aromas; the result is a fascinating 70 IBU beer. Enjoy!


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2005
RDF Tasting with MJ: Had no aroma (or just could of me drowned how by all the other beer in the room). A touch more heavier flavors then I was expecting for a Pils. A very drinkable beer (but hey, arenít they all)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Crystal clear golden color with a white, whispy head. Grassy, herbal hop aroma that doesntít overpower the way the label suggests it might. Crisp, grassy, herbal, grainy in nature. Mild malt/fruit characteristics. Clean herbal/spicy finish. No alcohol presence whatsoever. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Golden color, spicy and fresh hop nose, smooth peppery hop taste that finishes with alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Label says bottled on 2/10/2005 - purchased on 2/26/05 in Ohio - wow - good beer travels fast! I originally tried this after some other brews - thsi beer does NOT play well with others!! (seemed to lose all of itís hops!). Medium golden, great head and lacind. Herbal piney dusty hops - They claim to use a lot of saaz, but the tetnang dominated this. Aroma was nice, but not as stong as many others have mentikoned.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2005
2005 bottle. Pours a very clear, light gold body with a small but persistent white head. Aroma had a slightly flat hop characteristic. Flavor was of a typical crisp pils but with a long dry hop finish. Interesting brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Very fresh noble hop aroma, floral and kind of piney, lightly fruity. As a homebrewer, I can say this is the closest aroma to fresh noble hops Iíve encountered in a beer. Crystal clear golden color, foamy white head. Very clean flavor, mostly noble hops, with a slightly grainy pale malt in the background, light fruitiness, solid bitterness, a bit chalky. Medium-full body but dry in the finish, a bit of warming in the chest. Quite nice, greta noble hop flavor but balanced, probably what all those Polish strong lagers would/should taste like if you got one fresh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2005
2005 Draft: Pours a light gold. Aroma is of german hops. Flavor is of a mild malt liquor type malt and a very full german hoppiness. The large hops on the pale malt makes for a fairly dry beer. Nice and certianly drinkable for being such a big beer, I just dont like the style all that much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2004
Bottled, courtesy of The_Beer_God. Thanks Mike. Slightly hazy, pale gold colour. Plenty of sticky malt in the aroma. Sweetish, malty palate with some grassy, oily hop in the background. Pretty decent balance. Full mouthfeel. This beer didnít taste like 8.5% at all. Intriguing and quite successful.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Had this on tap at the Brewpub in Ashburn Va. This is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with about an inch of off white head. The aroma was fairly light with doughy malts and grassy hops coming through as well as grainy notes. The taste starts off with a sharp piney hop flavor that is joined by a grainy and dough malt backbone. There is a bit spice to the flavor and various fruit flavor going on. Definitely well hopped and bitter but balanced nicely for a great complex flavor, too bad the smell didnít stand out more. The alcohol was minimally noticeable but I definitely felt it after 3 of these. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and good carbonation and it is very smooth drinking. Excellent beer I canít believe I have not tried it earlier, since I live 10 minutes from the brewpub, I will definitely be going back there with the intention of getting more of this before its gone.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottle. (Thanks argo0) Pale golden--small white head. Lightly malty and sweet in aroma. Very good flavor. Malty, sweet--a lot like a bock beer. It finishes with a wonderful bouquet of hops giving the beer a floral fresh feel. Warming alcohol in aftertaste.


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